Course Title: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Marietta Martinovic

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2393

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37. Floor 4. Room 8

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will study the evolution and operation of criminal justice systems in different societies and communities. The emphasis of the course is on the development of criminal justice in response to social, historical and political factors. You will consider a range of topics including the administration and function of police, corrections, and courts, the impact of customary law and immigration on heterogeneous cultures, and the increasing internationalisation of both the incidence of crime and the administration of criminal justice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Use strategic, critical, creative, and analytical thinking to develop creative solutions to a range of dynamic problems associated with crime management and the justice system
  • Critically analyse, synthesise and reflect on complex theories, principles, philosophies and recent developments in the justice sector, both locally and globally, to extend and challenge knowledge and practice

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Compare and analyse the distinguishing features of criminal justice systems in a range of societies and communities;
  2. Critically evaluate the operation of criminal justice systems in particular political contexts;
  3. Deconstruct the evolving internationalisation of crime and administration of criminal justice and analyse the issues and dilemmas for criminal justice systems in combatting the internationalisation of crime;
  4. Debate the future of criminal justice systems;

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be engaged in learning that involves a range of activities both face to face and/or online such as lectures, tutorials, group and class discussion, group activities and individual research.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems. A list of recommended learning resources will be provided by your lecturer, including books, journal articles and web resources. You will also be expected to seek further resources relevant to the focus of your own learning.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program capabilities. Assessment may include reports, tests, projects and presentations, individually and in groups. Assessment will cover both theoretical and practical aspects of your learning. You will be able to develop your work in relation to your own specific areas of interest in your professional practice. Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

Assessment Tasks  

(a) Reflection papers (30%)

(b) Group project – class/online presentation (30%)

(c) Major assignment - 1800 words (40%) 

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks. 

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more. 

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions.